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Two chess players walk into a bar

I want a try a hypothetical. It's kind of a poll but doesn't fit the BW poll format all that well, so bear with me. I imagine many of you will see straight through to my ulterior motive. Please try to mentally ring-fence that.

Two grandmasters, who are moderately familiar with each other, walk into a bar and sit down for a session of speed chess. At stakes of course.

GM 1 says to GM 2 would you like a drink? In all scenarios, GM 2 accepts the drink GM 1 offers.

In each of the following scenarios, do you think GM 1 is cheating and - separate issue - do you think GM 2 is complicit in his own (potential) downfall whether or not you think GM 1 is cheating.

A: GM 1 gets GM 2 a gin & tonic and says "here's a gin & tonic". Alcohol is known by both to negatively affect speed chess performance

B: GM 1 gets GM 2 a gin & tonic and says "here's a tonic & lime". Tonic & lime is thought by both to have no effect on speed chess performance

C: GM 1 gets GM 2 a pineapple juice and says "here's a pineapple juice". Both GMs know that both GMs know that sugary drinks like pineapple juice negatively affect speed chess performance

D: GM 1 gets GM 2 a pineapple juice and says "here's a pineapple juice". GM 1 knows that sugary drinks like pineapple juice negatively affect speed chess performance. GM 1 does not know if GM 2 knows this or not. As it happens, GM 2 does know this.

E: GM 1 is deaf. He has the bar ratchet up the music. Distractions like loud music are known to affect speed chess performance. Of those who can hear it.

Does it matter if the stake is $1 or $100,000 per game? 

Does it matter that the players are GMs?

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